Faculty of Education

Teacher Education—Primary and Secondary

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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Overview

We can all remember a teacher who made an impact. If you want to make a positive difference in people's lives, and to have the satisfaction of reaching people's hearts and heads, then teaching is the career for you.

Victoria University offers two conjoint professional teaching qualifications in secondary and primary teaching. The four-year qualifications BA/BTeach and BSc/BTeach combine study in two teaching subjects with teacher training.

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can take a year-long Graduate Diploma programme in either primary or secondary teaching.

We want the best for our children, and so we want you to be the best. We will prepare you to go out to teach with confidence, experience and the drive to make the difference for New Zealand's next generation.

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Undergraduate information

The programmes are designed to produce well-educated teachers who can teach to the objectives described by the National Curriculum statements in primary and secondary schools.

They feature a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and teaching experience in schools. They are taught at Karori Campus.

Primary and secondary teaching qualifications

Teaching at primary and secondary level is a rewarding career. We offer teacher training that gives you the skills needed to excel in the classroom and to pass your specialised knowledge on to future generations. These conjoint degrees combine study in two teaching subjects with teacher training.

  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Teaching (Primary and Secondary).

The overall goal of these qualifications is to prepare confident, competent and capable beginning teachers with a commitment to lifelong learning. Graduates will be ready to meet the diverse needs of learners in New Zealand primary and secondary schools and be well able to ‘make a difference’ to those they teach.

The Bachelor of Teaching degree combines theoretical study and classroom experience and focuses on the pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, skills and attributes required to be a successful teacher in New Zealand schools.

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Graduate Diploma of Teaching

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you can take a year-long graduate diploma programme in either primary or secondary teaching.

For more information about the graduate diplomas, see the Graduate Diploma of Teaching pages on the Faculty of Education website.

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Postgraduate information

For information about postgraduate study for Primary and Secondary Teacher Education, see the Postgraduate Study pages on the Faculty of Education website.

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject using our Request for Study Material form.

Victoria’s Student Recruitment, Admission and Orientation Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

For enquiries about primary and secondary teachers education contact:

Student and Academic Services Office, Faculty of Education
Donald Street
Karori Campus
Phone: 04-463 9500
Email: education@vuw.ac.nz